News Release

Verizon Wireless and the Denver Broncos Team Up to Provide a HopeLine for Victims of Domestic Violence

Used Wireless Phone Collection Drive To Be Held November 7 at INVESCO Field at Mile High Stadium

November 3, 2004

Bob Kelley
Robert.Kelley@VerizonWireless.com
303-694-8990

DENVER, CO — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and the Denver Broncos are teaming up for the second consecutive year to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Broncos game on Sunday, November 7, are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLineSM program. HopeLine drop boxes will be located outside Gate 9 at INVESCO Field at Mile High Stadium from noon to 2 p.m.

Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are refurbished, recycled and/or sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and to donate wireless phones with prepaid airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence. Last year, Broncos fans donated more than 100 used wireless phones and accessories to the program.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to partner once again with the Broncos and the Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council to be a part of the game day activities surrounding the Pro Active Pro Athletes Campaign," said Jeff Mango, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We challenge fans to scour their closets and donate even more phones this year to help us provide a HopeLine to more victims of domestic violence, an epidemic affecting more than one out of every three American women during their lifetimes."

As part of its HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless also makes financial grants to local, regional and national domestic violence organizations. In the past two years, the company has awarded more than $60,000 in HopeLine grants to Colorado domestic violence agencies, and, through a comprehensive campaign with Governor Owens, has donated 450 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of prepaid airtime to domestic violence agencies across the state.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 42.1 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless.  

About HopeLine
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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